I was reading my Bible the other day and the text was from Mark 9:2-8.
As I read, I was reminded of texts that included the words “the law and the prophets.”
Here are some of them:
- Matthew 11:13 – For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
- Matthew 22:40 – On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
- Luke 24:44 – And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
- John 1:45 – Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
- Acts 28:23 – And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
- Romans 3:21 – But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Now, in our text, we have the Transfiguration scene. Moses, the giver of the law, and Elijah, one of the prophets, appear with Jesus. Peter wants to honor all three, but then the voice speaks: “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him.” (NASB)
We need to hear the law and the prophets, but recognize that they lead us to Jesus. Jesus is the One we must listen to. More than hearing with our ears, our hearts should grasp what He says followed by an obedient response.
After the voice, when they looked around, they saw only “Jesus alone.”
I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray, Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.
(“Jesus Paid It All” words by Elvina M. Hall, music by John T. Grape)
Jesus alone. Listen to Him.